- Mar 6, 2004
The Supreme Court of Appeal (SCA) has ruled that the removal of Afrikaans as a medium of instruction at the University of South Africa (Unisa) was unlawful and unconstitutional.
The appeal was brought by lobby group AfriForum following a ruling by the Gauteng High Court in Pretoria on 26 April 2018, in favour of a language policy determining that English be the primary language of instruction at this institution.
Delivering judgment electronically on Tuesday evening, SCA president, Judge Mandisa Maya, ruled that the "university's decision to replace its dual-medium language policy with [an] English-only policy infringed [the] principle of legality and [was] unlawful".
The SCA held that the university "failed to establish that it was not reasonably practicable to continue offering tuition in Afrikaans" and upheld AfriForum's appeal with costs.
The Supreme Court of Appeal has ruled that the removal of Afrikaans as a medium of instruction at the University of South Africa was unlawful and unconstitutional.